Some of the earliest staff had been working at the home of co-founder Steve Jobs' parents since the previous Apple Computer Company partnership was formed on April 1, 1976. The first eight badges were assigned in March 1977 by Michael Scott, Apple's first president, so the numbers may not reflect the order in which these early staff joined the company. Employees who left Apple and returned are known to have been re-issued their previous badge number.
List of employees by badge number
|Still with Apple||Early "garage" staff|
|Name||Description / note|
|—||1976-04-01||Ronald Wayne||Part of the original Apple Computer Company, but left the partnership 12 days later.|
|—||1976-05||Patty Jobs||First part-time employee. Helped assemble Apple-1 circuit boards at the Jobs family home.|
|1||1977-03||Steve Wozniak||Co-founder and technical lead behind the Apple-1, Apple II, and Disk II.|
|2||1977-03||Steve Jobs||Michael Scott assigned Jobs this number to annoy him. Jobs later assigned himself "#0".|
|3||1977-03||Mike Markkula||Angel investor who provided $250,000 to build the Apple II and recruited Michael Scott.|
|4||1977-03||Bill Fernandez||One of Apple's first "garage" employees, worked with Wozniak on the Apple I and II.|
|5||1977-03||Rod Holt||Apple's first chief engineer. This slot was first offered to Jerry Manock, who initially declined.|
|6||1977-03||Randy Wigginton||Circuit designer who adapted Microsoft's BASIC into Applesoft BASIC and wrote MacWrite.|
|7||1977-03||Michael Scott||Scott assigned himself this number as a reference to James Bond "007".|
|8||1977-03-17||Chris Espinosa||Early employee who could have received a lower number, but got back late from school.|
|9||1977||Sherry Livingston||Apple's first secretary.|
|10||1977-06||Gary Martin||Apple's first in-house accountant, later also identified as employee #17.|
|11||1977-06||Don Breuner||Hardware technician who later co-developed MacWrite.|
|12||1977-06||Dan Kottke||Early "garage" employee, but received this number after returning from Columbia College.|
|?||Mark Stephens||A.k.a. "Robert X. Cringely", author of Accidental Empires.|
|13||?||John Draper||A.k.a. "Captain Crunch", designed early modem boards and wrote EasyWriter for the Apple II.|
|1977-06||Mark Johnson||Also claims to be employee #13, confirmed to have assembled Apple II computers.|
|14||1977||Gene Carter||Director of sales, recruited by Mike Markkula.|
|?||Mike Wagner||Also claims to be employee #14.|
|15||1977||Thomas Whitney||Executive vice president of engineering.|
|16||1977-08||Wendell Sander||Staff scientist. Father of the Apple III.|
|17||1977-09||Gary Martin||Apple's first corporate controller, previously also identified as employee #10.|
|?||Gary Shannon||Employee number guessed by relatives.|
|21||1977||Robert Martinengo||Assembled Apple II computers.|
|25||1977-11-14||Dick Huston||Wrote the boot ROM of the original Disk II floppy drive for the Apple II.|
|27||1977-11-28||Cliff Huston||Designed the analog board of the original Disk II floppy drive for the Apple II.|
|29||Ed Ruder||Collaborated with Wigginton and Breuner in developing MacWrite.|
|31||1978-01-03||Jef Raskin||Co-wrote the Integer BASIC manual as a consultant. Started the Macintosh project in 1979.|
|32||1978-01||Brian Howard||Co-wrote the Integer BASIC manual as a consultant. 2nd member of the Macintosh project.|
|34||1978||Elmer Baum||Early manager, loaned Jobs and Wozniak $5,000 in seed money to build the Apple I.|
|36||1978||Phil Roybal||Built the product marketing and tech support departments.|
|49||1978||Bana Witt||Personal assistant to Jef Raskin. Badge issued December 13.|
|51||1978-04-27||Bill Atkinson||Architect of QuickDraw, MacPaint and HyperCard. Blue badge issued December 13.|
|63||1978||Brad Hacker||Worked on user manuals and documentation. Badge issued June 16, 1980.|
|66||1978||Bruce Tognazzini||Applications software engineer and human interface designer.|
|128||1978||Kent Hopkins||Worked in the production department.|
|136||1978-10||Cheng Lim||Worked in the production department; trained to assemble keyboards.|
|140||1978-10||Terri Powers||Hired on the same day as Cheng; later became Apple's first tech trainee in 1980.|
|187||1978-12||Bob Bishop||Programmer of the Apple-Vision demo.|
|246||1979||Jerry Manock||Industrial designer of the Apple II, III, Lisa, and Macintosh 128K cases.|
|282||1979-02-27||Burrell Smith||Designer of the Macintosh 128K logic board.|
|320||1979||Rich Whicker||Member of the "Twiggy" team.|
|345||1979-04-30||Joe Shelton||Marketing analyst and product manager.|
|350||1979||Laszlo Zsidek||Tooling and manufacturing engineer.|
|435||1979-08-06||Andy Hertzfeld||Software architect of the Macintosh operating system.|
|1111||1980-02-01||Ann Bowers||Apple's first vice president of human resources.|
|1926||1981-02||Tom Pittard||Senior research engineer in the Apple Advanced Technology Group.|
|2384||1981-05-25||Joe Budge||Secretary of the International Apple Core.|
|2536||1981||Bryan Stearns||Worked on TeachText and MacBASIC. Left in fall 1982 and returned in January 1985.|
|2632||1981-08-10||Mark Gitschel||Worked at the Macintosh factory in Fremont, California.|
|3039||1981-11-10||Ellen Petry Leanse||Member of the Macintosh launch team and first "User Evangelist".|
|3978||1982||Susan Kare||Original Macintosh user interface graphics and icon designer.|
|3??2||1983-04-20||Martin J. Spergel||Identified as a "Consultant (Friend)"; possible typo on badge numbered as "3.2"?|
|4115||1983-02-14||Mimi Filizetti||Marketing communications.|
|8276||1986-03-10||Christine Thompson||Corporate marketing executive for small business.|
* Italicization indicates anecdotal entries with conflicting or no corroborating infomation.
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- Who were the first 25 employees at Apple? by Sean Owczarek, Quora. 2012-09-24.
- Who were the first 250 employees of Apple? by Terri Powers, Quora. 2012-07-25.
- Mac 30th Celebration by All Planet Studios, The Computer History Museum, and Macworld/iWorld. 2014-01-25.
- Mac Turns 30 and We Celebrate Redux, ilenes machine. 2014-01-27.
- MacBasic by Andy Hertzfeld, Folklore. 1985-06.
- Q & A with Bob Cringely p.3, PBS. 1996-06.
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- Oral History of Kathleen and Dan Spracklen by Gardner Hendrie, Computer History Museum. 2005-03-02.
- Apple Alumni Reunion Celebrating the first 10 years of Apple
- Apple Computer History Weblog at the Computer History Museum (1976-1993)
- Folklore The Original Macintosh by Andy Hertzfeld et al.
- Macintosh Insiders Ten Years Later by Guy Kawasaki at Stanford University (1993-12-01)
- These Pictures Of Apple's First Employees Are Absolutely Wonderful by Jim Edwards at Business Insider (2013-12-26)
- Who are the unsung heroes in Apple's history? by Randy Wigginton at Quora (2014-03-02)